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Fall Registration is open to ALL students (current, returning, new). Classes are filling up and several of them already have waitlists. Don’t miss out on your preferred day and class! Check out the Fall Schedule and register today!

All tickets sales are processed by PCPA and can be purchased online, by phone or at the PCPA Box Office. Check out our Nutcracker Page for all of the detailed ticket information.


We can’t wait for your dancer to enjoy being a part of a professional production, that will give them (and you!) memories that will last a lifetime. All current, enrolled students, ages 5+ are eligible to participate in 4SDA’s full production of The Nutcracker.

Your dancer will learn amazing choreography, perform on stage in a beautiful theatre in gorgeous costumes, with full sets and backdrops.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s musical score, they will help create the beloved tale of Clara and her Nutcracker as they embark on a magical journey through epic battles, dances with snowflakes, to the Land of the Sweets and back again! There will be a party scene, a battle scene, the land of snow, the land of sweets and more! There are a wide variety of parts for a large cast, so there is room for all those who want to join in the fun!

Nutcracker Auditions will be held at 4SDA on Saturday, August 26th from 1:00 to 5:30 PM. 
Students (ages 5+) in the following divisions are invited to participate*

1:00 – 1:30 PM: Lilacs, Primary, Mini
1:30 – 2:00 PM: Elementary, Division 1, Junior, Youth :
2:00 – 3:15 PM: Division 2, 3, 4 & Teen
3:30 – 5:00 PM: Division 5 & 6 
5:00 – 5:30 PM: Division 5 & 6 for Clara (optional)

Includes Production Fee, (1) Nutcracker Cast T-shirt, (1) digital download
  $215 = Lilacs, Primary, Elementary, Division 1 and Rec Mini/Junior/Youth/Teen Classes
  $245 = D2 – D4 Ballet
  $295 = D5 – D6 Ballet (also includes registration for “Nutcracker Set Week”)

*All dancers are required to audition and the audition times are set according to the dancer’s level.
**Nutcracker Fees are Non-refundable. Please check your family schedule and calendar for conflicts before registering.

Please be sure to check out our Nutcracker FAQ and Nutcracker Audition Page for further, detailed information. You can also CONTACT US with any questions.

WHEN: Dec 21 – 23, 2023*
WHERE: Poway Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA)
TIME: TBA (usually 7pm Thursday & Friday, 2pm and 7pm on Saturday)
TICKETS: Tickets are sold by the venue, via their Ticket Office. They will go on sale in early November.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding performance dates, tickets, safety protocols, etc., please CONTACT US.

Rehearsals are mandatory. We always provide the upcoming rehearsal schedule in advance (a week or two). The schedule will be posted at the studio, on this page (The Parent’s Page) and in this website’s calendar section.

*Be sure to check your fall Saturday schedule for conflicts with soccer or other activities BEFORE signing up. We expect rehearsals to be your dancer’s priority and only allow one excused absence. Multiple absences will result in reduced choreography, a reduced part or removal from the production.*

Saturday afternoons between 1:30 and 6:00 PM at 4SDA. Older students may have rehearsal during the week before, after or during their class. The dress rehearsal will be during Performance Week (December 18 – 23) at the theatre venue.

The success of any performance is only made possible through our amazing volunteers! We will need do require parent volunteers for everything from chaperones and security to our wonderful flower team! Volunteer opportunities are summarized in the Nutcracker Audition Packet and you can find out more during the Audition or by Contacting Us.

We have created a Nutcracker FAQ for your reference. The vast majority of questions can be answered by the FAQ or by checking our Nutcracker Audition Page. Please feel free to Contact Us with any unanswered questions!


Click/Tap on the date and look for your dancer's role. If their role is not listed, they do not have rehearsal on that date.

STUDIO 3 w/Ms. Shay
1:00 – 1:30 PMWARM UP CLASS FOR DIV 5-6 (Optional for DIV 4)
Clara, Drosselmeyer, Fritz, Staulbaum, Maids, Nanny, Dolls, Clara’s Friends, Party Children, Present Dancers, Party Parents, Lullaby Girls, Prologue Guests
Nutcracker, Clara, Drosselmeyer, Soldiers, Soldiers Lead, Cavalry, Calvary Lead, Mice, Tiny Mouse Leader, Mouse Queen, Snowflakes, Snow Princesses, Snow Queen
3:00 – 3:30 PMTiny Mice, Snow Flurries
3:30 – 4:00 PM2nd ACT OPENING SCENE
Angels, Angel Fairies Lemondrops, Lemondrop Soloist, Pages, Harold
Sugar Plum, Cavalier, Clara, Spanish ALL, Russian ALL, Marzipan ALL, Arabian ALL, English Suite ALL, Chinese ALL, Flowers, Roses, Dewdrop, Rosebuds
4:15 – 4:45 PMFlowerbuds, Bon Bons, Polichinelles
4:45 – 5:30 PMNutcracker Fundraiser – ALL Eleve dancers
2:30 PM Snow Flurries
3:00 PM Pages, Prologue, Harold
3:45 PM Bon Bons
4:00 PM Any student who had not yet been fitted
Please arrive a few minutes early wearing leotard and tights. This will ensure that all the costume fittings go smoothly.

Other Updates

We are checking the quantity and sizes, and will start distributing the Nutcracker T-shirts this Saturday 10/28/23. If your dancer doesn’t have rehearsal this Saturday, feel free to stop by the studio on Saturday and check with the front desk.

Get ready for our annual Nutcracker Fundraiser! Journey to the Land of the Sweets will be held on Sunday December 3rd from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at 4SDA! Come one come all to the family fun Nutcracker Event and help your home studio raise funds toward new costumes and/or set pieces!

WHEN: Dec 9th, 2023
WHERE: 4S Dance Academy
TIME: Time slots by roll starting at 2:00 PM
HOW TO REGISTER: Registration information will be emailed to Nutcracker Parents.

Help your home studio reach its goal of raising $3000 for new Nutcracker costumes and set pieces! This fundraiser is a wonderful family event designed for everyone to enjoy!

Children will be invited to participate in activities, and will have the opportunity to take photos with Clara and their favorite characters from The Nutcracker! There will also be a raffle, silent auction and party favors for all.

Proceeds from this special event will go toward new costumes and set pieces for future Nutcracker productions! Please spread the word and remember that there is limited seating, so don’t wait, buy your tickets today!

Purchase tickets via your 4SDA Account. Can’t make it? Consider donating. 

How do I purchase the Digital Download?

  1. Log into your 4SDA Account
  2. Scroll Down to the Online Store*
  3. Be sure to purchase the Show(s) your dancer was in!

* Check out the “How to Access the Online Store” tutorial video below.

Are the downloads available for other recitals?

Yes! You can still purchase the digital downloads of Spring Performances and The Nutcracker from years ago! If you don’t see what you are looking for in the Online Store of your Account, just Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

2023 Spring Performances

Host a summer watch party with family and friends! All (4) shows are available. Relive amazing class pieces, A Mermaid’s Tale, A Wee Westside Story & More!

2022 Nutcracker

The 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM are available for purchase via your 4SDA Account. Don’t wait to relive the magic today!

2022 Spring Performances

Host a summer watch party with family and friends! All (4) shows are available. Relive amazing class pieces, Journey to Neverland, A Mini Matilda Muscial & More!


How To… Make a Ballet Bun!

How To… Access the Online Store

Latest Health & Safety Updates

We continue to monitor all of the latest updates, requirements and recommendations regarding the health and safety of our students, faculties and 4SDA families. We will update this page and email should the requirements change.

  • As of 3/12/2022 masks are not required.
  • Reminders of our safety protocols and recommendations are posted in the studio.